One name that has surfaced as a possible dark horse candidate for the San Jose Sharks' head coaching gig is long time NHL'er, and former Shark, Dave Lowry.
With 19 seasons and 1,084 regular season games of experience, plus 111 more games in the playoffs at the NHL level, Lowry is no stranger to the rigors of the top level of hockey. He even spent 1997-2000 with the Sharks, making the playoffs in each go. But he's a dark horse behind rumored candidates Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, and Adam Oates, all of whom boast time as top dog behind an NHL bench, with success to boot. "It’s all about opportunities, but opportunities with the right people," Lowry said of the rumor about his candidacy. It should be noted that Lowry was an assistant coach with Calgary from 2009-12, and he's been a successful head coach in the WHL. He won Coach of the Year with the Victoria Royals in 2013-14, and has gone a combined 83-50-11 over the last two seasons. He also won gold at the World Junior Championships with Team Canada as an assistant.